Little Things from Lisa
National Day of Prayer – Unity
On May 3rd at Noon at Settler’s Park in Rockton, you can join others in the community for a time of prayer for our nation. The service lasts 45 minutes to an hour and prayers are led by lay and pastoral volunteers each assigned topics to pray for. We will be praying for our country, leaders, community, armed forces, police, local pastors and the like. I’ve included a bit of history from the National Day of Prayer website for your consideration. If you’d like to learn more, please visit nationaldayofprayer.org.
From the Website:
“Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.
I hope you will consider joining us at the park or taking some time during the day to pray for unity for our country. It’s easy to complain about things we do not like, but God calls us to be part of the change we’d like to see. And prayer is where God asks us to begin….seeking His will for our lives. May the Lord bless this event and all those who join in prayer. Pastor Lisa